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Einführung in die moderne deutsche Philosophie W'05
An Introduction to Modern German Philosophy

RCLang 321, 001 Erica K. Paslick

In this seminar we will read, study and discuss some of the essential ideas from the works of a number of famous German philosophers from 1750 to 1950. We will select key passages from Kant’s Kritik der Urteilskraft, Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes, Schoppenhauer’s Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, Nietzsche’s Wille zur Macht, Schelling’s Über die menschliche Freiheit, Wittenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus and Heidegger’s Unterwegs zur Sprache.

In order to establish a meaningful context for the study of German philosophic excerpts, students will be asked to do a reasonable amount of preliminary background reading in English on each philosopher. All in-class activities will be conducted in German so that participants will have ample opportunity to strengthen and improve their language skills. Students will be asked to make presentations and to tackle three philosophic issues in writing.

Please note: RC students who pass RC German Proficiency in December 2004 and who need Readings to complete the RC language requirement will have top priority getting into the course. Students who have already taken RC German Readings may enroll in the class, depending on class size. Contact for further information.

Der Mensch wird frei geboren, doch überall sieht man ihn in Ketten liegen. -A. Schoppenhauer